2018 Recipients

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture

Recognizing excellence in built architectural projects completed within the past three years and led by a B.C. registered architect.

Medal Level (3)

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UBC Aquatic Centre 

Firm: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
Lead Design Architects: Edward (Ted) K. Watson Architect AIBC OAA MRAIC SCUP LEED AP; Viktors Jaunkalns, Architect AIBC OAA FRAIC SCUP UIA S&L WP

The UBC Aquatic Centre is a high-performance training and competition venue, as well as a community aquatic centre in the University Endowment Lands. The training facility is designed to LEED Gold standards and integrates daylighting, innovative water re-use and air quality strategies.

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Okada Marshall House

Firm: D’Arcy Jones Architecture Inc.
Lead Design Architects: D’Arcy D. Jones Architect AIBC; Craig R. Bissell Architect AIBC

The Okada Marshall House is an ambitiously formed wood structure utilizing the shou-sugi ban technique in Sooke, B.C. The dynamic angles and spatial variety seamlessly integrate the building into its natural surroundings. All of the windows and doors point toward either the rocky landscape or Pacific Ocean, creating lively contrasts as one moves through the house.

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Columbia Valley Centre

Firm: Shape Architecture Inc. in joint venture with Hindle Architects
Lead Design Architects: Alec Smith Architect AIBC; Loretta H. Kong Architect AIBC LEED AP

The Columbia Valley Centre is a multi-use facility in the city of Invermere, B.C. Featuring a community hall and village library, the astute design of the building fulfils both the needs of the community, while also accommodating large public events.

Merit Level (3)

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Langara College Science and Technology Building

Firm: Proscenium Architecture and Interiors Inc. in association with Teeple Architects Inc.
Lead Design Architect: Stephen R. Teeple Architect AIBC AAA OAA FRAIC RCA

The Langara College Science and Technology Building creates a gateway into the College’s main campus while establishing a home for its science programs and student services. The spatial experience is defined by visual and physical interconnectivity, designed to draw students together in a collaborative environment.

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University of British Columbia Campus Energy Centre

Firm: DIALOG BC Architecture Engineering Interior Design Planning Inc.
Lead Design Architects: Martin H. Nielsen Architect AIBC P.Eng OAA MRAIC LEED AP

The University of British Columbia’s Campus Energy Centre is a state-of-the-art hot water boiler facility that provides the heating requirements for the campus. The selective use of different panel types enlivens the building’s simple volume by the play of light across and through the shroud.

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South Surrey Operations Centre

Firm: Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc.
Lead Design Architects: Glen Arden Stokes Architect AIBC

The South Surrey Operations Centre is a municipal building which blends city operations into the surrounding neighbourhood. A strategy of nesting was undertaken to integrate the Centre into the area, through protecting existing trees and undergrowth, as well as creating a new wildlife corridor.

AIBC Emerging Firm Award (1):

This award recognizes the development, success and contributions of emerging architectural firms.

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Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc.

Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc. is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Vancouver, Canada. Their work has been nothing short of impressive since being founded in 2015. They have experienced impressive growth over a short period of time, and have produced a varied and exceptional collection of architectural and interior projects. Their designs are heavily informed by sustainability and collaboration. Not only does the firm have strong values and commitment to architecture, but also to the greater design community.

AIBC Innovation Award (3):

This award recognizes achievements that are not strictly ‘architectural,’ but that have a direct bearing on the future of architecture in areas such as design, building technology, use of materials and sustainability.

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Sechelt Water Resource Centre

For processes innovation and community education.

Firm: WMW Public: Architecture + Communication Inc.
Lead Design Architect: Brian Wakelin Architect AIBC MRAIC LEED AP

The Sechelt Water Resource Centre rethinks traditional municipal wastewater treatment by creating a transparent space in the residential heart of Sechelt. The facility features mechanical and biological systems that clean wastewater, encouraging the public to witness their role in the hydrological cycle.

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UBC Quantum Matter Institute

For creative use of a common material.

Firm: WMW Public: Architecture + Communication Inc.
Lead Design Architects: Brian Wakelin Architect AIBC MRAIC LEED AP

The UBC Quantum Matter Institute creates a new portal to UBC’s Applied Science Precinct and serves as a new formal entrance to the Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory. Fostering collaboration, both the building’s layout and materials echo the very lattice structures that are under study.

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Brock Commons Tallwood House

For innovation and sustainability of mass wood construction.

Firm: Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
Architectural Team Members: Russell Acton Architect AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC; Mark Ostry Architect AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC; Rafael Santa Ana Architect AIBC MRAIC; Warren Schmidt Architect AIBC MRAIC CPHD; Nebo Slijepcevic BArch; Nathaniel Straathof Architect AIBC LEED AP; Sergei Vakhrameev Architect AIBC; Andrew Weyrauch March LEED AP CPHD; Matt Wood UK ARB MRAIC CPHD

Brock Commons Tallwood House is currently the tallest contemporary mass wood tower in the world.

AIBC Special Jury Award (3):

A discretionary honour for outstanding achievement.

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Swallowfield Barn

For community engagement.

Firm: Asher deGroot Architect Inc. (now MOTIV Architects Inc.)
Lead Design Architect:  Asher deGroot Architect AIBC MRAIC

Located in Langley, B.C., Swallowfield Barn used design and construction to build a sense of community within the rural area in which it resides. In the manner of traditional barn raising, the local community was involved in the creation of the structure, from the ground up. Built to last, the barn combines functionality and beauty, featuring a striking, off-kilter, roof profile that creates a warm and inviting entrance.

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The Dock Building

For exceptional design clarity.

Firm: Michael Green Architecture Inc.
Lead Design Architects: Michael Green Architect AIBC; Candice Nichol Architect AIBC; Justin Bennett Architect AIBC

The Dock Building, located on Jericho Beach in Vancouver, serves a large marina of sailboats. The project’s practical working needs, modest budget, and prominent siting required a simple solution that honoured the cannery and industrial heritage of waterfront buildings that were once found on the site a half-century before.

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Crosstown Elementary School

For overcoming substantive obstacles to create profound social-environmental impact.

Firm: Francl Architecture Inc.
Lead Design Architects: Walter G. Francl-Uchatius Architect AIBC AAA FRAIC LEED AP

Located in the core of downtown Vancouver, Crosstown Elementary School is a four-storey structure for 510 K-7 children, neighbouring a public park. The design responds directly to a shift in the delivery of education in Vancouver by fitting a non-traditional building within the urban fabric of the city.